Watch Sun Return Today to Northernmost Arctic Village

Grise Fiord, the northernmost community in North America, enjoyed a rare treat today, Feb. 11. For about an hour, the sun skimmed along the southern horizon. It was the first appearance of the sun in 2023 and the first since late October.

The hamlet lies on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic and has a mostly Inuit population of about 130. It lies at 76˚25′ North, about 1,100km above the Arctic Circle.

Amon Akeeagok of Grise Fiord captured the one-hour time lapse, looking south over frozen Jones Sound, toward an invisible Devon Island.

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. One of Canada’s premier arctic travelers, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and has just finished a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada and in 2022, he received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for services to exploration.